Glory to God in the highest!

My precious Lord, Jesus, I adore You with profound love and rejoice in the celebration of Your birth. Your love for us is unfathomable, it is glorious transforming, awe-inspiring, and deeply personal. You chose to come and dwell among us, Yet Your mother knew whom she bore, Her heart was filled with the tenderest love being born into poverty, rejection and humility. Help me, dear Lord. as she adored her Child and her God. Invite me to adore You with St. Joseph and the poor shepherds. Reveal to me the glorious power of Your birth and change my life on…

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We Are Filled With JOY

We prepare this third week of Advent by feeling the joy.  We move through this week feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand.  And so we consciously ask:  Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his presence will bestow. Each morning this week, in that brief moment we are becoming accustomed to, we want to light a third inner candle.  Three candles, going from expectation, to longing, to joy.  They represent our inner preparation, or inner perspective.  Each night this…

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One Candle Lights the Way

As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world.  It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope.  Three “advents” or “comings” shape our desire.  We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death.  We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose.  And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth. So, we…

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

As we gather at the table this Thanksgiving Day, we reflect on a prayer written by Rev. James Martin, SJ. May you be filled with abundant gratitude during this blessed season and may your hearts be overflowing with the love our God continues to share with each of us. We thank you for the gift of life itself, which you gave us in our mothers’ wombs. We thank you for the fresh start of each new day, which is a sign of your renewing and creative love. And we thank you for our friends, our families,our neighbors and our coworkers, whose human love…

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Exciting Handmaid News

Congratulations to Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, the only Handmaid-sponsored school in the United States for recently earning two prestigious awards. The U.S. Department of Education named the Academy a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018, which marks the fourth time in the school’s history that it has received this award. The school was also recently named an Apple Distinguished School for a three-year term (2018-2021). The selection of Ancillae-Assumpta Academy as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its success at creating an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Congratulations to Sister Kathleenjoy Cooper who…

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